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Startup Spotlight: Enduring Planet

We sat down with Dimitry Gershenson, the co-founder and CEO of Enduring Planet. Dimitry and his co-founders Erin and Josh are no strangers to climate finance, and they’re leveraging their expertise to help climate tech startups and SMBs get the funding they need to save the planet.
Abigail Bassett
Feb 21, 2024 10 min read
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1. Explain what Enduring Planet does and how it supports solutions for the climate crisis.

At Enduring Planet, our mission is to ensure that every climate entrepreneur has the money they need to be successful. Our platform provides founder-friendly working capital and financial advisory services to climate startups and small/medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the US. Our primary offerings today are our Grant Advance, which addresses the working capital needs of government-sponsored startups, and our new Fractional CFO service. With CFO, we’re putting world-class financial planning, analysis, and strategy in the hands of every climate entrepreneur.

2. Since CFO is a new offering for Enduring Planet, why is now the right time to launch these additional services for climate startups?

We've been doing our work at Enduring Planet for two and a half years, and we've invested nearly $11 million across 39 transactions with 31 partners. We've also helped countless others raise other forms of financing, whether it's venture, project finance, grants, or other non-dilutive capital. Between the co-founders of EP, we’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars in equity, debt, and catalytic capital.

So, suffice to say, we’ve seen and learned a lot. Many of the climate startups and SMBs we meet have a hard time finding good “finance” help and end up with messy books, whacky models, and fundraising strategies that don’t align with their model, stage, structure, etc.

The planet is burning, and we can’t afford to have these amazing businesses lose momentum due to financial disarray. CFO builds on our team’s deep financial expertise, proprietary accounting and prediction platform, monster co-investor network, and brand as a trusted financial partner to inject needed capital and high-quality finance support into the climate ecosystem.

3. How did Enduring Planet get its start?

Erin and I have been working at the intersection of climate and finance for over a decade. I came to the space from the angle of catalytic capital, providing financial intermediaries like Sunfunder, Lendable, and ResponsAbility the most risk-tolerant financing in the market. At the same time, Erin was building SIMA, an impact fund manager that provided a variety of credit products to clean energy companies in emerging markets. They raised nearly $200M by the time she left to start EP with me.

Both of us saw three fundamental gaps in the climate finance ecosystem. First, there was nowhere near enough non-dilutive capital flowing into climate, which is a key piece of a healthy financial ecosystem. Second, the capital that was flowing was largely inaccessible to the majority of entrepreneurs – and even when accessible, it was slow and very conservative. Given all of the advances in financial technology in the past 2 decades, this felt wrong. Moreover, there was a ton of money sitting on the sidelines, ready to deploy, but lacking the right structure and model through which to participate. You put these three things together, and a platform like Enduring Planet becomes obvious.

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from starting Enduring Planet?

Perseverance wins. You don’t win because of the quality of your initial idea, the investors that you raise money from, or the market response to your MVP. Business conditions change fast, and things can go wrong. The path to success is paved with tenacity.

Climate entrepreneurs have to have a vision, and then they have to go through wall after wall to get anywhere, not even be successful, but just get anywhere. It doesn't stop. That’s why 95% of companies fail. It's because people eventually just give up because it's really hard. In climate, we can't have that.

The frustrating conventional wisdom is that climate entrepreneurs should have a similar experience to all other entrepreneurs. They have to fight just as hard to get funding, sell just as tirelessly to get customers, stay up as many nights getting technology to work. Their experience should mirror others’ experiences because that's how startups are, right? Except when a random SaaS business fails, it doesn't fucking matter. But if the next frontier energy company fails, and maybe that technology would have been the difference between one and a half degrees and two degrees Celsius, that's humanity’s shot at surviving on this planet.

So on the one hand, the advice for founders is that this is going to be hard, so be prepared to persevere. And the advice to everybody else is, if you are looking to support this sector, you’ve got to remember what's at stake.

5. What advice do you have for those who want to take an active role in climate startups or those looking for jobs in the climate space?

Every job could be a climate job.

I think that often people think about working in climate as “you have to be an engineer”, “you have to be a research scientist”, or something like that. Take Climatebase and Climate People for example, two of Enduring Planet’s portfolio companies, who are driving workforce impact in climate. There are countless ecosystem players like these who are critical to make the climate transition happen, but are not building a new piece of frontier technology.

I think that it's less about what job you do and more about where you do it. If you want to work on communications, great! There's a huge need for exceptional PR and marketing in climate. You want to work on frontier cellular biology but only know sales? Sweet! They need help landing customers and building partnerships.

It's all about the application of your craft. Now to be clear, not everybody has the privilege to work where they want on what they want. But if you do have that privilege, there's nothing else you should be doing with your time.

The world is on fire, and it's only going to get more on fire, and if you plan to live in it, you should probably be trying to save it. Every job can be a climate job.

6. What’s one thing that you wish people understood about working in climate?

I think that people assume that working in climate (and this applies to really all impact spaces), is that it requires some sacrifice of financial well-being – that if you want to work on impact, you have got to make less money. I don't think that's true anymore.

Now that every job can be a climate job, (for example, you can go work at Goldman Sachs and work in climate), there's just so much more opportunity. So it's not like “I have to go work at a nonprofit and make a tenth of the salary that my peers make if I want to do good”. That's just not the case.

I think as the financial ecosystem starts to get more and more developed, and capital flows into climate solutions at a greater and greater pace, there will be more and more financial opportunities in this space.

Arguably, the risks of not working in climate will get bigger, which is something that I don't think a lot of people talk about. This can be your career, it can be incredibly lucrative if that's what you care about, and you can have a material impact on the world, and that's pretty special.

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Abigail Bassett